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tonight on "world news," wrath of isaac. a storm the size of texas heading for florida. hundreds of thousands of people in tampa and on the republican national convention forced to plan for the worst-case scenario. outbreak, west nile virus spreading from coast to coast. tonight, we give you details about the symptoms and why anyone over 50 is at greater risk. abduction. a 3-day-old infant stolen from a hospital. and behind closed doors. we're taken to the mormon temple where outsiders cannot go. what we learned about mormon rituals and mormon marriage. good evening. tonight, tropical storm isaac is gathering strength every hour as it barrels toward florida.
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it's expected to become a hurricane by monday. and already the waves are 10-feet high. so nearly 1 million people in tampa, home to the republican national convention, will have to decide what to do. take a look at the current projected path. haiti. the dominican republic will be hit friday. then cuba on saturday and sunday. then on monday, it moves into the florida keys. and by tuesday, moving off the coast of tampa and the great convention. and a local headline there says it all, "who invited isaac." abc's matt gutman is on the ground in florida tonight. matt. >> reporter: hey, diane. 50,000 delegates invited. isaac could be a very unwelcome guest here in tampa, where the convention center, most of the hotels for the delicates, are right in the flood zone. tonight, isaac is charging through the caribbean. 600 miles across with winds whipping up to 50 miles per hour.
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isaac flooding parts of puerto rico and neighboring islands. heavy rain bands spinning t ou 300 miles out from the center. 200 people alone evacuated from guantanamo bay, cuba, where u.s. troops tonight are sandbagging buildings and, in miami, they're feverishly buying provisions. >> every family should be prepared to sustain themselves for up to 72 hours. >> reporter: in tampa, all eyes and headlines on the storm. but it happens that tampa is one of the most flood-prone cities in the country. >> if you have the right storm at the right angle, obviously, it has the ability to funnel a lot of that water rht up into the bay. as many as 800,000 people live in the evacuation zone and would have to leave if a category 1 threatened tampa. right anytime in the middle of that evacuation zone, the convention center. a tropical storm could bring the
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feet up eight feet. we'd be sub merged. travel delays are expected. airlines already allowing passengers to change tickets without penalty. they're not the only ones changing itineraries. abc has learned that security officials from other parts of the state have cancelled their plans to help at the convention. to help their own communities get ready. and, diane, tampa is so low lying that even a moderate storm of 40 to 45 miles per hour could submerge the roads and bridges you see behind me. that gives you a sense of how vulnerable this city really is. diane. >> that's just a tropical storm. it's 74 miles per hour to be a cat 1. thanks so much, matt. of course, isaac isn't the only gathering storm across this country. we have news tonight about the explosion of the west nile virus. now in 47 states. 41 have died. look at this, one month ago, 29 reported cases. tonight, more than 1,100.
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the cdc warned the next few weeks could be the worst. and dr. richard besser is standing by right now to give us the details about the symptoms. first, here's abc's clayton sandell out in the field. >> reporter: in this latest west nile outbreak, half of the cases are here in texas. that's where claire mccall was and she, years later, is unable to work. >> i have no short-term memory. i have trouble with word recall, trouble with remembering anything that has happened in the last five minutes. >> reporter: mccall is one of the few, less than 1% of west nile patients, that have the type of illness that makes headlines. her first symptom, high fever. >> i was in total paralysis. >> reporter: her paralysis lasted four months. 60% of people with the most severe cases of west nile will still suffer symptoms five years
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later. >> once the person has the infection, and if the fection becomes severe, the individual patient can experience lasting and permanent brain damage. >> reporter: so, if you've been bitten, how do you know if you have west nile, if you're one of those rare dangerous cases? the vast majority, 80%, won't have any symptoms. their bodies fight off the disease. for another 19%, the worst symptoms are mild, headaches, fever, nausea. but for less than 1% of people with west nile, severe symptoms, convulsions, paralysis, possibly even death. salvador is out setting traps, hoping the airlierial assault swatted down the danger. >> if there's less mosquitoes, good news. >> reporter: mosquito abatement programs are one of the most effective ways to battle this, but they're threatened by budget cuts.
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diane. >> now dr. richard besser. everybody's got a mosquito bite, is going to be worried. how many days before symptoms set in? >> it can be as short as two days or two weeks. >> two weeks? >> that's right. >> let's go over again, why are people over 50 more at risk, more vulnerable? >> well, for that severe disease, the virus has to cross over something called the blood/brain barrier, designed to keep infections out. we don't know for people over 50 if it's getting through easier or if their immune system isn't fighting it off. those people as well as people are high blood pressure or heart disease are at more risk for severe disease. >> one of the things that drives us crazy is the symptoms we are given. the symptoms for thousands of things, fever, headache, nausea. how do you know if it's west nile? >> if you have flu-like symptom, you can treat that at home. if you develop confusion, weak neck, go see your doctor right away. they can give a medicine to decrease the swelling in the brain and reduce the amount of
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nerve damage. >> it won't be a close call if you have a severe symptom? >> it won't be a close call. for most people who have this infection, they won't even know it, their body will fight it off and they'll never get it again. >> but the severe symptoms will be marked. so go to the doctor right away. thank you, rich besser. now, the latest on the wildfires in the west. as of today, more than 42,000 so far this year. so many of them in california, today, the governor declared a state of emergency there. but we have learned about a victory for firefighters battling those flames 100 feet high, scorching an area the size of manhattan. as of tonight, the blue line, the fire line, stopped the wildfire's march of destruction. it took an olympic effort. 2,500 firefighters, 278 fire engines, to clear the earth and brush and starve those flames. tonight, officials say that fire is nearly 60% contained. and also tonight, there is a
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man in the shadows about to break an elite code of silence. essential for the protection of u.s. special operations. a navy s.e.a.l. has written a book giving details about the raid that killed osama bin laden. s.e.a.l.s famously guard their secrecy. so who is he and why is he doing this? abc's martha raddatz has those details. >> reporter: the author does not use his real name or those of other s.e.a.l.s but this has the s.e.a.l. community buzzing. no s.e.a.l. from the bin laden raid has ever gone public before. pseudonym or not. he was there when the navy s.e.a.l.s busted down the doors of the bin laden compound. he w osama bin laden was shot to death. the former navy s.e.a.l. who uses the pseudonym mark owen has written a tell-all to beat all tell-alls. no easy day. the firsthand account of the mission that killed osama bin laden has been a closely held
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secret by the publisher but is expected to be an instant best-seller when it is released on september 11th. no one knows exactly what's in it yet. but the publisher says the book provides a blow by blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming bin laden's death. the administration and military were quick to say that the author did not request approval for the book, which is usually standard, even though the s.e.a.l. left the military a year ago. the s.e.a.l. community hasn't shied away completely from publicity in recent months. some active duty s.e.a.l.s playing themselves in a fictionalized movie, which has some very real-looking raids. but talking about the bin laden raid is different. already, the author's name has been made public by some news organizations, and that worries active duty s.e.a.l.s and their
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families who fear that the team that killed bin laden could be a prime target for terrorists. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> and now we head to pittsburgh, where a 3-day-old baby was stolen from a hospital today. police say the suspect dressed up in scrubs bought from a uniform store. she was able to pose as a hospital worker before she walked out the door with the newborn. abc's sharyn alfonsi has more details. >> reporter: she walked into this pittsburgh hospital in broad daylight and walked out with this 3-day-old baby, bryce coleman. just as his parents were preparing to take him home. the women wearing black scrubs like this. police believe she bought those scrubs at a nearby store for just $17 this morning. tonight, a woman is being questioned and bryce has been found alive. according to the national center for missing and exploited children, since 1983, 131 babies have been taken from hospitals.
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most of them found. only five are still missing. most of the times, those babies aren't taken from the nursery but from the mother's room. >> the victim turned her back, went to take a shower. the suspect placed the baby inside a tote bag and tried to leave. >> reporter: that's what happened earlier this month in southern california. watch as this women also dressed in hospital scrubs posing as a nurse walked into the room to tell a new mother to take a shower before the doctor examined her. she walked right into a high-tech security web. the baby was wearing a tiny i.d. bracelet that works like a homing device. it triggers alarms if you get too close to a door or an elevator. baby bryce had on a similar bracelet but it was removed by a nurse while his mother watched because he was about to go home. tonight, he finally will. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. and still ahead here on "world news," we take you inside the mormon church, a temple, a rare glimpse behind closed
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and since so many people regard the faith as a mystery, abc's dan harris returns tonight with a rare tour of one of the most sacred and private mormon temples. >> reporter: we've all seen the outside of the temples but very few get to go where i went, inside. and this is one of the first rooms i saw. the celestial room. intensely ornate, it is meant to evoke the peace and tranquility of heaven. in the temple, mormons wear all white in order to enter. a mormon must be deemed chase and must be contributing 10% of their income to the church. you are now looking at the room where the faithful stand in that pool which is heated and chlorinated and are baptized in the name of the dead so they can have the option converting to mormonism in the after life. those oxen represent the 12 tribes of israel. my guides on this tour are two of the church's 12 apostles.
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top officials who are believed to be prophets, seers and rev laters. elder russell ballard. >> we know the voice of the lord. we know when he want it s us to something. >> reporter: they were willing to discuss their rituals to a point but they would not address rumors of things like secret handshakes. you're not supposed to talk about the details? >> we don't get into the details of that. >> you're going through a process that, which taken out of context, can seem unusual or different. but in the whole context doesn't seem that way at all. >> reporter: two other aspects of the faith that outsiders tend to focus on are polygamy, which every mormon will be quick to tell you was outlawed more than a century ago, and the special undergarments that mormon men and women wear every day which we're not showing here because mormons are sensitive to their display. they describe them as simply tangible representations of their faith. but the real center of their faith, say mormons, is something
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much larger, the family. you are looking now at the ceiling room where weddings take place. mormons don't just get married, they are sealed for eternity, to be at the highest level of heaven, you need to be married. this professor, a practicing mormon and author of the upcoming book "a peculiar people." >> it is a family-oriented vision of the after life. the significance of that view of heaven dictates a kind of family centeredness. here in what mormons call mortal life. >> reporter: which is why t two-thirds of mormons are mar married compared to about half of the rest of the population. mormon women are twice as likely to describe themselves as housewives. >> he appeared to joseph smith. >> reporter: once a week, mormon families like the aherns of pennsylvania are expected to hold something called family home evening. >> a way to be happy in our families. >> reporter: no phones, no tvs, no computers.
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just food, song, prayer, games and lesson. >> the most important part is just having our children know that we love them and love spending time with them and that we're a family that is staying together. >> reporter: all of it, says professor flumin, proof of how the mormon faith is both very different and very demanding. >> mormonism tends to define life in various ways for a practicing latter day saint. tends not to be an element of one's life but an all encompassing life choice. it's not a faith that's worn lightly. >> fascinating tour. but how does a nonmormon get a tour? how did you get in? >> so this was a new temple. before they closed the doors officially to outsiders, they let us in. >> what did they say about why they don't let outsiders come in all the time? >> their argument is it's not so much that it's secret but that it's sacred. what they're doing in there is holy. then say only the mormon faithful should be allowed in. >> they also say it's the fastest growingeligion in the world. >> it's about 1.7% of the
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finally tonight, a sign of the times. we know there's a kind of marriage proposal olympics under way these days. the groom on his knee just a footnote to the ever wilder theater. so tonight abc's david wright wonders where will all this end. it's a mating ritual of the youtube generation -- popping the question with over the top production values. >> i'd like to have your blessing, sir. may i have your daughter's hand in marriage? >> reporter: in georgia, matt still created a movie trailer declaring his love for ginny jolner. that's her, down in the corner, reaction at the movie theater. >> will you marry me? >> reporter: in portland,
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oregon, isaac lamb got amy frankel's friends to lip synch to bruno mars. ♪ i think i want to marry you >> reporter: these days, there are even flash mob proposal planners. it takes money and organization to get all those line dancers in place. price tag -- as little as $2,000, as much as 10,000 bucks. >> wedding proposals are out of control. i never hear a story where it's a simple, like, hey, marry me. >> reporter: in june, outside the new york public library, a craig jones spent $9,000 -- to capture this moment. >> i didn't know how to show you i love you, so i figured i'd bring some friends. >> reporter: -- to create and capture this moment. >> alison leclaire, will you please marry me? >> reporter: how could she possibly say no? david wright, abc news, los angeles. and we're so glad you were
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